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Cellhire on track at Moscow Athletics Championships

The IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow has provided the opportunity for Cellhire, the international mobile solutions specialist, to further develop its relationship with MegaFon in preparation for the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and beyond.

Cellhire is delivering over 1,000 connections at the event as both business and media descend on Moscow for the Championships. Cellhire is offering voice and data connections, supporting live reporting from the event to news desks around the world. The World Athletics Championships is moving to Beijing in 2015 and London in 2017, allowing Cellhire to repeat the success it enjoyed in 2008 and 2012 at the Beijing and London Olympics respectively.

In September 2012 Cellhire opened a new office in Moscow to capitalise on the expanding Russian market and to be ready for the major events that Russia is due to host in the near future such as the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Martyn Stevens, Director of International Business Development at Cellhire says “Our progress in Russia has developed at a great pace, strategically manoeuvring ourselves to make the most of the up and coming Winter Olympics and World Cup. Our tried and tested partnership with MegaFon has proved to be strong and we are really excited to be working with them moving forward”.

Commenting on the Cellhire and MegaFon partnership in 2013, Bogdanova Nadejda, Senior Development Manager of Small and Medium Business at Stolichny branch MegaFon said: “The unique offers we have with Cellhire have put us in an excellent position to maximise the inbound opportunities coming to our region.”

The Sochi Winter Olympics start in Sochi on the 7th February 2014 and Cellhire has already secured some major customers for the event with some customers requesting delivery as early as August 2013. Cellhire is also offering the latest in 4G technology at Sochi through its unique partnership with MegaFon, delivering mobile data up to ten times faster than 3G.

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Cellhire on track at Moscow Athletics Championships

The IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow has provided the opportunity for Cellhire, the international mobile solutions specialist, to further develop its relationship with MegaFon in preparation for the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and beyond.IAFF World Championships 2013

Cellhire is delivering over 1,000 connections at the event as both business and media descend on Moscow for the Championships. Cellhire is offering voice and data connections, supporting live reporting from the event to news desks around the world. The World Athletics Championships is moving to Beijing in 2015 and London in 2017, allowing Cellhire to repeat the success it enjoyed in 2008 and 2012 at the Beijing and London Olympics respectively.

In September 2012 Cellhire opened a new office in Moscow to capitalise on the expanding Russian market and to be ready for the major events that Russia is due to host in the near future such as the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Martyn Stevens, Director of International Business Development at Cellhire says “Our progress in Russia has developed at a great pace, strategically manoeuvring ourselves to make the most of the up and coming Winter Olympics and World Cup. Our tried and tested partnership with MegaFon has proved to be strong and we are really excited to be working with them moving forward”.

Commenting on the Cellhire and MegaFon partnership in 2013, Bogdanova Nadejda, Senior Development Manager of Small and Medium Business at Stolichny branch MegaFon said: “The unique offers we have with Cellhire have put us in an excellent position to maximise the inbound opportunities coming to our region.”

The Sochi Winter Olympics start in Sochi on the 7th February 2014 and Cellhire has already secured some major customers for the event with some customers requesting delivery as early as August 2013. Cellhire is also offering the latest in 4G technology at Sochi through its unique partnership with MegaFon, delivering mobile data up to ten times faster than 3G.

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Cellhire, partenaire de l’opérateur mobile majeur en Russie

Le spécialiste international de solutions mobiles, Cellhire, a conclu un partenariat avec un nouvel opérateur mobile, augmentant ainsi son portefeuille de solutions de télécommunications dans le monde. Cellhire a établi un partenariat avec le réseau russe MegaFon et accentue sa présence mondiale et sa croissance continue. Cellhire est encore en pleine expansion dans la région avec l’ouverture de son bureau russe en 2012.

Cellhire Russie propose à la fois des solutions de télécommunications pour les entreprises et les particuliers de la région, y compris une assistance locale, avec un portefeuille de produits de téléphonie locale et internationale, en voix, data et solutions pour smartphones. Des offres prépayées sont disponibles pour l’Europe et le monde.

Bogdanova Nadejda, directeur principal du développement des petites et moyennes entreprises à Stolichny chez MegaFon dit: “MegaFon est ravi de collaborer avec Cellhire et se prépare avec eux dans la course des grands événements sportifs qui ont lieu en Russie en 2013/14 et au-delà. Les offres et services uniques que nous proposerons en collaboration avec Cellhire nous mettent dans une excellente position pour maximiser les opportunités dans un avenir proche “.

Cellhire, en partenariat avec MegaFon, est maintenant en mesure d’offrir des solutions de communications locales aux équipes sportives et aux groupes de médias qui se préparent pour les événements de haut niveau dans la région, et notamment les Championnats du Monde d’Athlétisme, le Sommet du G20 en 2013 et les Jeux Olympiques d’hiver de Sotchi 2014.

L’accord unique avec MegaFon permet à Cellhire d’offrir des tarifs très compétitifs dans la région, tout en maintenant ses normes élevées de qualité de service. La clientèle mondiale de Cellhire qui assistera à ces événements bénéficiera des services du bureau de Moscou.

Travel

What is a Satellite phone?

What is a satellite phone? Why are they used and why would I need one?

A satellite phone, quite simply, is a mobile phone handset which has satellite capabilities built in to send and receive phone calls via satellites orbiting the earth. If the bit about satellites orbiting the Earth doesn’t make sense at this stage, might I suggest you nip off to Google and do a little research? I’ll wait for you here.

For those of you that already know about the above, you’ll also appreciate that your standard mobile phone signal and the cell towers that provide that signal, do not cover everywhere on the planet. Everyone has had those phone waving moments in the attempt to gain one bar of signal so you can call or text I’m sure.Iridium Satellite Phone

If you’re traveling somewhere remote like the middle of the Sahara desert or the summit of Mount Everest (good luck to you first of all and well done) then I’m sure you won’t be surprised to find that there’s no mobile coverage there. This is where the humble satellite phone comes in, all you need is a clear line of sight to the sky and you can make your call.

Take out your satellite phone, point the antenna to the sky and you call shoots off to a satellite orbiting the earth 500 or so miles up, traveling at 17,000 miles per hour and back down to a ground station where your call is routed to the number you’ve dialed.

Your typical satellite in the Iridium constellation (that’s a network of orbiting satellites that are used by the Iridium brand of satellite phones, not a constellation of stars!) sends down 48 coverage beams and each beam covers a diameter of 250 miles meaning each satellite’s 48 overlapping beams cover a diameter of 2800 miles. The Iridium network has 66 satellites in a polar orbit (that means they go from South to North in a clockwise direction around the planet) so as you can imagine, that’s one heck of an area covered.

The Inmarsat system works slightly differently and consists of just 3 geostationary satellites (that means they stay in the same position over the same point on the planet) at a higher orbit so they have greater ground coverage. These satellites provide an almost global level of coverage, one covering the Americas, one covering Europe, Africa and the Middle East and one covering Australasia.

Here’s some key fact about the main two satellite networks available:

Iridium satellite phone – Coverage: the whole planetSatellite Phone Rental

  • Constellation of 66 satellites in a near circular polar orbit moving at a speed of 16,800mph
  • 7 spare satellites in a lower storage orbit in case any satellites fail.
  • The only handheld satellite voice solution that works at both poles.
  • Main form of satellite voice comms used by US and UK militaries.
  • Strong product portfolio of devices and accessories now including the ability to create a wireless access point and also allow GPS tracking for security & Safety purposes (Iridium extreme handset only).
  • Extremely easy to operate and acquire signal
  • Low cost of calls around the globe and free incoming calls
  • Free to send a text message to a sat phone from the Iridium web page

Inmarsat satellite phone – Coverage: everywhere but the poles

  • 3 geostationary satellite constellation positioned above the equator giving near global coverage. Only the poles are not covered.
  • One handset made, the Inmarsat iSat Phone Pro. Good quality robust handset ruggedized to IP54 rating for water, shock and dust resistance.
  • Excellent call quality.
  • A little thought required in order to ensure best signal strength is kept during a call.
  • Low cost handset compared to other solutions.
  • Much better data capability and connection speed on the Inmarsat network using BGAN.
  • BGAN terminal coupled with a Bluetooth handset makes for an excellent voice and data solution in one package.
  • Free to send a text message to a sat phone from the Inmarsat web page.

Low cost of calls around the globe and free incoming calls – Satellite phone rental.

Travel

Top 3 Things to look for in an International Cell Phone

Take just a passing glance at travel blogs and forums and it’s quite clear that there is a lot of customer confusion about the term “International Cell Phones”. I’ve seen many people question whether such a product exists and others even declare outright that they do not.

Clearly, international cell phones do exist and they are there to help travelers that visit more than one destination either in a single trip or through the course of a year; travelers that want a low cost way of keeping in touch when abroad.

However, there are 3 distinct types of phones which could all technically be described as an “international cell phone” and each is significantly different. Forewarned is forearmed so below we will look at all 3 types of phone and how they might be right for you so you can make the best choice when you travel abroad.

Option 1: A cell phone that roams when abroadInternational Cell Phone

Many cell phones will roam. By “roam”, we mean that when you go abroad your phone will pick up a foreign network and allow you to make calls and/or use data (the internet). These calls are often charged at a significant premium and data even more so. Such a device really shouldn’t be described as an “international cell phone”. Yes, it will work internationally but it is not optimized for doing so and could easily cost you a small fortune. Please note, that roaming on a foreign network has nothing to do with unlocking a phone. A phone that is locked to, say, Verizon simply means that only a Verizon SIM will work in the phone. That Verizon SIM may, or may not, then allow you to roam into somewhere like Canada, Europe or Japan and make calls.

Option 2: A cell phone from one country which works in surrounding countries

If you were traveling to Europe you may find that a cell phone with a UK SIM inside will give you excellent rates whilst in the UK and will give OK rates when in other western European countries like France, Italy and Spain. This is a little like option 1 but instead of having a regular US SIM card inside the phone, you have a UK SIM.

Typically this solution is great if you’re staying predominantly in one country but perhaps briefly visiting others. Your phone would have a UK number and people would dial a +44 number to reach you. The UK SIM effectively roams when in other European Countries so you do still need to watch out for higher call costs especially in more unusual countries (e.g.  say you used a UK SIM whilst in the US). Also check the rates to call internationally back to the US. If the product is aimed at, say, the Australian market then the calls back to Australia may be at a great rate but calls back to the US may be very expensive.

Option 3: A cell phone with a dedicated roaming SIM

International Sim Card

A number of networks produce SIMs connected to specific international roaming plans. These tariffs are designed for travelers intending to visit multiple countries and can rightfully be called “international cell phones”. Sometimes they may be worldwide, sometimes they might be targeted at a region; Europe or South America for example. The UK networks produce some very competitive SIMs for travel around Europe and the Mexican networks produce similar products for the South American countries.

What you tend to find with these products is that while the rates aren’t as competitive as buying a local SIM in each country, they are much lower on every type of call than using your local SIM roaming (option 1). So if you are traveling to a number of countries, a solution like this is a good alternative to finding local SIMs in each country. It will also usually work out cheaper than taking a SIM for one country and then roaming in the others (e.g. when compared to Option 2: a UK SIM roaming in France).

An international cell phone like this will typically have just one phone number – so it might be a +44 number if the SIM is from a UK network or perhaps a +52 number if from a Mexican network. One must also be vigilant to check the international rates once more. Ensure that calls and SMS back to the US aren’t prohibitively high.

Finally a word on pre-pay

You may see the term “pre-pay” or “pre-paid” when looking for solutions. Essentially this just means that you must first load up an amount of credit on your cell phone before it can be used. You can then make calls until that credit runs out. The plus points are that it helps control spend – the phone just stops working when you run out of credit. The negatives are that… the phone just stops working when you run out of credit, and you have the inconvenience of constantly having to recharge it which can be both annoying and time-consuming. The alternative is a “post-paid” solution whereby you settle your bill later and just pay for what you use.

 

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Cellhire bekämpft hohe Roaming-Gebühren beim Confederations Cup

Der internationale Mobilfunkspezialist CELLHIRE unterstützt Firmen und Medien-Organisationen bei ihrer Reise nach Brasilien zum Confederations Cup 2013 mit lokalen, kostensparenden Kommunikations-Lösungen. Durch die Zusammenarbeit mit mehreren lokalen Netzwerken stärkt CELLHIRE seine Präsenz in der Region, während sie für den FIFA World Cup 2014 und die Olympischen Spiele 2016 in Rio de Janeiro planen. Der Start des Confederations Cup am 15. Juni bietet eine ideale Gelegenheit, um lokale Partnerschaften einzugehen und für zukünftige Veranstaltungen zu vervollkommnen.

Der FIFA Confederations Cup ist ein Fußball-Wettbewerb, der alle vier Jahre stattfindet. Er wird bestritten durch die jeweiligen Meister der sechs FIFA Confederations Championships zusammen mit dem FIFA Weltmeister und der Mannschaft des Gastgeberlandes. Die konkurrierenden Teams für 2013 sind Brasilien, Italien, Japan, Mexiko, Nigeria, Spanien, Tahiti und Uruguay.

CELLHIRE bietet sowohl Prepaid- als auch Postpaid-Lösungen für die Reisenden in diese Region an, mit lokalen und internationalen Sprach-, Daten- und Smartphone-Lösungen, kurzfristig verfügbar mit flexiblen Kurzfrist-Verträgen. CELLHIRE versorgt über 1000 Verbindungen, sowohl für eine Vielzahl von Medien-Organisationen, die über die Veranstaltung von Großbritannien, Italien, Spanien Deutschland und Japan berichten, als auch brasilianische Gastgewerbe, die einige der großen Firmen-Sponsoren des Confederations Cup betreuen.

Die verfügbaren Lösungen bieten wettbewerbsfähige Raten und einzigartige Tarife für Gespräche in geschlossenen Gruppen, die Geld sparen bei Anrufen zwischen CELLHIRE-Kunden, von denen größere Organisationen profitieren mit vielen Anrufen zwischen Kollegen. CELLHIRE-Kunden vor Ort in Brasilien werden während der großen Veranstaltungen lokal unterstützt durch lokale Auslieferung, 24 Stunden-Assistenz und durch Geräte auf Basis von Erfüllungs-Dienstleistungsverträgen mit lokalen Partnern.

Tim Williams, Vorstandschef und CEO von CELLHIRE sagt dazu: „Angesichts einer so hochrangigen Veranstaltung am Horizont war dies eine entscheidende Zeit für uns, die Geschäftsbeziehungen nach Brasilien zu entwickeln. Nun haben wir ein umfangreiches Lösungsangebot in der Region und ich bin sehr erfreut über unseren Fortschritt, unser Angebot für 2014 und danach fertigzustellen.“

CELLHIRE’s Partnerschaften ermöglichen es der Gesellschaft, große Einsparungen gegenüber herkömmlichem Roaming an Zuschauer, Veranstaltungsteilnehmer und Mediengruppen anzubieten, wenn sie zu hochrangigen Ereignissen wie dem Confederations Cup, der FIFA Weltmeisterschaft 2014 und den Olympischen Spielen 2016 in Rio de Janeiro reisen.

CELLHIRE hat im Rekordjahr 2012 über 20 000 Verbindungen bei den Londoner Olympischen Spielen geliefert. Die Gesellschaft beabsichtigt, diese Dynamik mit den Leichtathletik Weltmeisterschaften 2013 in Moskau und den Olympischen Winterspielen 2014 in Sochi fortzuführen, getragen von der Eröffnung eines neuen Büros in Moskau im September 2012. Das Moskauer Büro wird den CELLHIRE-Kundenstamm bei der Reise des FIFA World Cup von Brasilien nach Russland im Jahr 2018 unterstützen.